Here’s food for thought… Would you rather be the worst of the best or the best of the worst?
Are you striving to catch those in front of you or allowing yourself to be pulled back by those behind you?
Growing up, I studied martial arts for ten years, primarily at the Buddhist temple in San Jose. No matter how hard I tried, I was never able to rise higher than third place finishes in the United States.
Yet the lessons learned from aiming high and falling short taught me persistence, respect, relentlessness and hard-work.
It taught me another lesson as well: Humility. On any given day, regardless of how many tournaments I had won and contests I had fought, there was always the potential of someone better.
Rather than being bitter, it made me better – a better fighter, student and worker. In life, it has made me a better boss, father, spouse and partner.
Setting ambitious goals is good. The famous artist Michael Angelo said it best: “My greatest fear is not aiming too high and failing. It is aiming too low and succeeding.” Be in the lead pack. Learn from those in front of you. Then you can help those behind you.
Here’s food for thought…The best gifts are the ones you give.
San Jose is a great city. But great cities consist of great communities.
As long as I can remember, San Jose has built community each winter with “Downtown for the Holidays,” six weeks of festivities in front of the Fairmont Hotel featuring “Christmas in the Park” and “Holiday on Ice.”
Together, Downtown for the Holidays brings more than 500,000 people to downtown San Jose. To underwrite Downtown for the Holidays, our Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation – in partnership with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and downtown city councilman Sam Liccardo – are launching the inaugural “Santa Run Silicon Valley” Sunday afternoon, December 16.
Nearly sold out, Santa Run Silicon Valley is a 5-K Run or Walk, with all profits supporting Downtown for the Holidays. In our inaugural year, we expect 2,500 participants, each dressed up like Santa Claus, running and walking the race.
We are also asking each Santa Run Silicon Valley Participant to bring an unwrapped children’s book to support needy children throughout Silicon Valley. Our goal – 1,000 books suitable for kids K –through- 6.
The best gifts this holiday season are the ones we give. Join us – support Downtown for the Holidays, our inaugural Santa Run, and children throughout the region with the gift a great book can provide – joy.